Free farm succession workshops scheduled for spring

Written by Joy Kirkpatrick

Thinking about Farm Succession? 

You know you should make plans for the future of the farm, but maybe you’re not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve had a few conversations with your family or farming partners, but that conversation drifts to other more pressing matters about the operation. 

It is common for farmers to push farm succession planning to the back of their minds. It isn’t something that farms do every year, so finding the time and knowing where to start can be hurdles that seem too high to cross. 

If you’ve been thinking about farm succession and want to learn more about the steps and the basic vocabulary of succession and estate planning, UW-Madison Division of Extension has a 3-hour farm succession planning program to help you learn more. Joy Kirkpatrick and Kelly Wilfert, both Extension Farm Management Outreach Specialists, will provide a framework to help farms identify risk and begin those first conversations around succession planning.

Farm Succession Workshops – Dates and Locations

These workshops will be offered in four locations in late March/early April:

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 9:00 am – Noon in Dodgeville at the Iowa County Law Enforcement Center, 109 E. Leffler Street, Dodgeville, WI

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 6:00 – 9:00 pm in Montello at the Marquette County Services Center, 480 Underwood Avenue, Montello, WI 

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 9:00 am – Noon in Abbotsford at the Public Learning Center, Abbotsford City Hall, 203 N 1st St, Abbotsford, WI 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Green Bay, at the Weyers-Hilliard Branch of the Brown County Library, 2680 Riverview Dr., Green Bay, WI.

These workshops are free; however, we would appreciate registrations. We will accommodate walk-ins on the day of the workshops where possible. To register online use this form: 

If you prefer to register by phone:

  • Dodgeville location: Iowa County Extension Office 608-930-9850
  • Montello location: Marquette County Extension Office 608-297-3141
  • Abbotsford location: Taylor County Extension Office 715-748-3327 ext. 3
  • Green  Bay location: Kewaunee County Extension Office 920-388-7141

For more information, contact 608-263-3485 or 608-263-5798. If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact or call 608-263-3485. 

This series of workshops is sponsored by USDA/NIFA award number 2023-70028-41284.

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